Quay unemployment rate at 6.6 %

QCS Staff Quay County’s 6.6 percent unemployment rate for February was one-half of one percentage point higher than the rate for January, but four tenths of a percentage point lower than the February 3013 rate, according to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. The county’s workforce stood at 3,674 for Feb. 14, of which [...]

Family opposes accused killer’s field trips

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A daughter of Sue Day, the Tucumcari woman killed with her adoptive daughter Sherry Folts in November 2012, said Tuesday she is appalled by a court order that would apparently allow the 15-year-old accused of the killings to attend field trips at a treatment facility while awaiting trial. Tony [...]

Newsom seeks positive outcomes

QCS Staff President Thomas Newsom aims to make Mesalands Community College a destination for students to earn a high school diploma, a certification or associate’s degree and launch a career or pursue additional credentials. Newsom said he has been visiting with presidents of community colleges and universities both in and out of state to forge [...]

NRA banquet raises youth funds


QCS Staff   Food, family fun and firearms were the order of the evening Saturday as the Quay County chapter of Friends of the National Rifle Association held its annual fundraising banquet. Estimates of attendance ranged from 450 to 500. Ruth Nelson, the new manager of the Tucumcari Convention Center, which hosted the event, said [...]

Insurance deadline gets crowd

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Health insurance enrollment activity increased in Quay County as the Monday deadline approached to enroll for health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act, health and welfare officials said. The Quay County Health Council and county government sponsored a “last chance” event at Mesalands Community College Thursday. This event, [...]

Lesser prairie chicken ‘threatened’

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The lesser prairie chicken has been listed as threatened.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service on Thursday declared the lesser prairie chicken a threatened species but kept in place a regional plan developed by officials from five states to protect the species. The LPC’s five-state habitat area includes parts of southeastern Quay County, and the Quay County area [...]

Teachers getting 3 percent pay raise

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tucumcari Municipal School District teachers will be receiving at least 3-percent pay increases across the board in 2014-2015, in line with guidelines approved by the Legislature. The raises include a hike in starting pay for beginning teachers to match the state’s prescribed minimum of $32,000 per year. Leola Patterson, [...]

Students encouraged to be safe during spring break

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Mesalands’ student Hayli Toenyan tries to navigate the obstacle course wearing the Fatal Vision goggles.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Mesalands Community College held a student appreciation/safety week to encourage students to be safe during spring break. The college held events throughout the week designed to encourage the students to make good choices while they were on holiday break. As part of the events, Mesalands chose to honor the [...]

McTigue replacement discussed

QCS Staff The Tucumcari City Commission held a brief meeting Thursday with a shortened agenda and only three of the five commissioners present. First District Commissioner Dora Salinas McTigue resigned from the commission on March 25, citing family health concerns. Second District Commissioner Amy Gutierrez had a previous commitment, which she announced at the March [...]

Lujan’s field representative to hold “mobile office hours” Thursday

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s field representative Ron Wilmot will hold “mobile office hours” Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tucumcari Senior Center, 523 S. Third St., Tucumcari. Lujan will be prepared to discuss matters related to health care, economic development and agriculture.  Wilmot can also assist residents who have questions regarding [...]